A Shipyard of Dreams

by Joyce Oliva

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With five months until the debut of what will be the largest “Fun Ship” ever constructed — the new 130,000-ton Carnival Dream is beginning to take shape at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.  


The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream, which will be based at Port Canaveral, Fla., will offer a host of innovations, including the largest spa and children’s facilities in the fleet, a new indoor/outdoor entertainment area offering magnificent ocean vistas, and the longest water slide at sea, part of the sprawling Carnival WaterWorks aqua park.  A variety of accommodation categories – including a two-bathroom configuration that will be ideal for families, as well as “cove” balcony staterooms closer to the water line – will be available, as well.

Following a series of three 12-day European voyages beginning in Sept. 21, 2009, Carnival Dream will reposition to New York for a pair of eight-day cruises before launching year-round seven-day Caribbean service from Port Canaveral, Fla., Dec. 12, 2009.